Monday, April 1, 2019

Newsletter April 2019: The Wonderful Weston A. Price Foundation


I have decided to devote this newsletter to the wonderful work of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I am one of the Co-Directors (with Susan Wichman and Laurie Meyer) of the Ozaukee/Washington County Chapter. The Foundation provides a plethora of helpful information on current topics affecting our health.   While the original work of Dr. Price focused mainly on food, the Foundation has expanded its areas of interest to include environmental issues, pesticides, vaccinations, and other controversial topics.

As we know good health starts at the farm or ranch with healthy soil and healthy animals. The Weston A. Price Foundation helps citizens find food from chemical-free and pasture-based farms through its local chapter system.

The Foundation provides support to farmers who raise produce and pasture-fed meat, eggs, and dairy products.

All the information that the foundation provides is evidence-based.

For a quick review of the work of Dr. Weston A. Price click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1289

Click here for the Weston A. Price Foundation website: https://www.westonaprice.org/

I strongly urge you to become a member of the Foundation. For just $40 per year you receive a quarterly journal Wise Traditions with all their latest articles of interest. All the Journals are available online, but donations are still helpful and appreciated! Here’s a link to the Journals: https://www.westonaprice.org/category/journal/

Below are a few of the highlights from the most recent Wise Traditions, Winter 2018. I trust you will find them entertaining and enlightening!

The Crowd’s Dietary Wisdom
This may be my favorite article from this issue. The author, Tom Naughton, explains why we should listen to crowds, not experts! You will see how the “experts” believe they now best what is good for you and how they manipulate the uninformed to follow their point of view.
Several years ago, he directed the documentary Fat Head which I definitely encourage you to watch.


Sunscreens: The Dark Side of Avoiding the Sun
This is another excellent article, especially as the weather (finally) turns warm. In this article Elizabeth Plourde enlightens us on the chemicals and nanoparticles in sunscreens. The widespread use of sunscreens has resulted not only in increased skin cancers but in contamination of the world’s water sources. 

When Susana and I were in Australia at the Great Barrier Reef it was mandatory to wear a full wet suit when going in the water. The reason stated was to protect the reef from all the sunscreen. The chemicals are killing the ocean life. Makes you wonder what they might be doing to us!


Vaccinations
This is probably the one of the most divisive health issues confronting society today.  Whatever your view may be, I would recommend you to take a look at the Foundation’s new flyer devoted to this topic. It is a fact-based approach to the discussion looking at Myths and Facts about vaccinations, how to best build immunity, best practices if forced to vaccinate, and known harmful ingredients that are in vaccinations.

Click here for the Vaccination Flyer: https://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/VaccineFlyer2019.pdf

Who is Dr. Weston A. Price and What is the Weston Price Foundation?


I originally wrote the base of this article several years ago. Since then our local Chapter of the Weston Price Foundation is thriving and I believe his work and that of the Foundation is more important than ever. While the original work of Dr. Price focused primarily on food, he was interested in everything that impacts human health. The Foundation has expanded its areas of interest to include environmental issues, farming, pesticides, vaccinations, and other topics. It provides a plethora of helpful evidence-based information on current topics affecting our health.  I strongly encourage you to learn more about the Weston Price Foundation at www.westonaprice.org.

I am often asked by my clients or after a group presentation, “So, what do you eat?”  My answer - I follow the dietary guidelines of Weston Price.  Which of course leads to the next question, “Who is Weston Price?”

Weston A. Price was a pioneer in the world of nutrition.  He was a dentist from Cleveland, Ohio who lived from 1870-1948.  In the 1930s he began to notice an increase in cavities and crooked teeth in his patients.  Dental caries (cavities) happen to be the most basic form of disease common in humans, and often the first experienced.  Teeth come in crooked and/or crowded due to deformed dental arches causing insufficient space in the mouth for the teeth to come in correctly.

His mission – to discover what was causing the degeneration in dental health he was witnessing.  Coincidently, he repeatedly heard stories of isolated peoples in distant lands who supposedly had no cavities and perfectly straight teeth.  If this were so, then what he was experiencing in his practice could possibly be the result of nutritional deficiencies and not inherited genetic defects (the prevailing thought of the time).

Over the next ten years he traveled around the world to every continent (except Antarctica).  And what did he find?  When native people ate their traditional foods there were no cavities and perfectly straight teeth.  However, here’s what makes the study fascinating.  This was a time when our Western processed foods were just beginning to creep into these native cultures.  “Foods” such as canned milk and vegetables, white flour, and sugar were being introduced to those natives who wished to “modernize.”  This is critical because it allowed similar genes to be analyzed based on the nutritional quality of the diet.  What he found was that as the native people adopted a Western diet, they had more cavities and crooked, crowded teeth.  The more they abandoned their native diet, the worse their teeth were.  His travels are documented in his classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  It contains many pictures and stories about what he encountered along the way.

The next question was – how did these diets differ?  What was in the native food that was not in the Western food?  Since he traveled all over the world he saw a wide variety of diets.  There were Eskimos that ate almost exclusively animal products; there were others who ate more grains and vegetables.  As a side note, he did not find any native diet that was strictly vegetarian; they all relied upon some animal foods for survival.

He took samples of their foods and brought them back to the United States to be analyzed.  What he found was that the diets of the isolated peoples in comparison to that of the American diet of the day contained at least four times the water soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, eggs, and animal fats! 

The specific nutrients in these foods are the fat soluble vitamins A and D, along with one that wasn’t yet identified.  Price called it “Activator X”, which we now understand is vitamin K.  These fat soluble vitamins are vital to health as they act as catalysts for mineral absorption and protein utilization.

For more information about our Ozaukee County Chapter or to be added to our e-mail list to be notified of future events e-mail us at wapfozwash@gmail.com. 

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

March 2019 Newsletter: March Madness – What’s the Right Diet for Me?


While filling out your NCAA Tournament Bracket can be challenging, nothing can be more maddening than trying to figure out your optimal diet. There are so many options and opinions, all claiming to be the best! The truth is that we are all different – different genes, different histories, different life circumstances, different metabolisms – and all these factors affect our health and what is the best diet for you. As a base line it is important to eat clean and healthy food, but after that the mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats is not going to be the same for everyone.

One of the latest trending diets is the keto diet. At first all we heard was the successes, but now more and more nutritionists are writing about how it is not the perfect diet for everyone. In this month’s feature article, I offer my thoughts on the subject. See below for “To Keto or Not…That is the Question.”

Susana and I are just back from our trip to Australia. It was one of the most beautiful places we have visited. Charming cities, breath-taking landscapes, and wonderful people. If it is not on your bucket list you may want to reconsider!

Exciting news: I am making this one-time special offer for new clients to save $100 on their initial consult if they are referred by existing clients or readers of this newsletter! This offer is good for the month of March only. This is a great time for you to remind your loved ones, friends, and colleagues that you have encouraged to make an appointment, that NOW is the time!

To Keto or Not…That is The Question
It seems everybody is talking about the keto diet. You may have tried it yourself, or you may know someone who has tried it. It may have worked great or not. Any outcome is possible, as with all diets it is critical to remember we all have different body chemistries and what works for one could be difficult for someone else.

In this article we will look at the history of the keto diet, the positives, the negatives, and why it may or may not work for you. For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1282

Additional Sources for Keto Diet Information
Here’s some additional sources for information on the keto diet:
This is one of my favorites that I have linked to in the past: https://www.dietdoctor.com/

This one from Harvard gives you the mainstream take on it, so I find that interesting: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-try-the-keto-diet




And one last blog from James Templeton: https://unikeyhealth.com/blogs/health-keys/keto-craze-or-cure

Success Story - GI Upsets No More
“I have been suffering with GI upset for years and could never figure out what the problem was. I tried giving up certain foods that I thought were the source of the problem however I continued to run to the bathroom after almost every meal. I had seen a few doctors and they just kept telling me it was IBS and sent me on my way but I was still suffering and wanted an answer. I was referred to Bernie by a friend and boy am I glad I saw him! He figured out that I had a mold that was causing the upset as well as a few foods that I was sensitive to that I ate pretty frequently. After only a few short months of taking supplements and avoiding dairy and cashews I actually forgot that I used to have any digestion problems in the first place! Even my friends and family have noticed the difference! I am now eating the right foods for my body, taking supplements to get rid of the mold, and I am no longer going to the bathroom 5-6 times a day!”  K.T.